R. Gary Bailey, age 86, formerly of Tallapoosa, Georgia, and a long-time resident of Daphne, Alabama, passed away on January 27, 2024.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland Clifton Bailey and Doris Katie Pope Bailey, his sister, Janice Bailey (Jim) Carter, and his daughter, Julia Paige Bailey. He is survived by his loving wife, Christine Roberts Bailey; daughter Laura Bailey (Nick) lmpastato; son Clifton Gary Bailey; and grandchildren Nicholas Littleton lmpastato, Phillip Devereaux Bailey; Bailey Patrick lmpastato, Kelton Gary Bailey and Clifton Durand Bailey. Other survivors include sister-in-law Rebecca Roberts Burton; brother in-law Franklin Williams (Shirley) Roberts; and brother-in-law James Francis (Lesley) Burton; as well as many cousins and nephews.
Gary was a graduate of Tallapoosa High School and earned an engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed his Army Reserve duty with the 3343rd US Army Reserves in Mobile. He was the founding owner of Lanico, Inc., an HVAC manufacturer's rep business, and loved his trade. He was as committed to his work as someone half his age, but also was committed to Christine, his children and his grandchildren. He spent much time with his grandsons, of whom he spoke regularly with love and pride. Outside the family he was also a mentor, a friend, and a father figure to many.
He was a long-time active member of two Mardi Gras organizations; a past President and 2023 Grand Marshall of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick; a long-time member of the Lions Club of Mobile; a past President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and a member of the Hospital Engineers Association in Mobile.
In his younger years, Gary was an avid runner, and later enjoyed deep sea fishing, traveling, music, history, and genealogy, especially as it pertained to his Irish heritage and Mardi Gras.
A visitation will be held at Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home in Daphne on Thursday, February 1, 2024, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., immediately followed by a short memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Lions Club of Mobile at PO BOX 888, Mobile, Al. 36601.To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Roland Gary Bailey, please visit our flower store.